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Multidisciplinary Science

Undergraduate major

Combine more than one science discipline and graduate ready to work across merging scientific boundaries.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Multidisciplinary Science Major (BSc Science)
  • Credit
    600
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Why study Multidisciplinary Science at Curtin?

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities).

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Broad career options

Can be used as a pathway into other courses if you don't have the prerequisites you need.

Outline

Outline

In many areas of scientific endeavour, knowledge across multiple disciplines has provided innovative solutions to important problems. This course provides a well-rounded and diverse skill set, preparing you for a career that can span science, technology and mathematics.

Multidisciplinary science is a flexible course that allows you to design a major that suits your background and career goals. You have the freedom to personalise your study plan in consultation with Curtin staff, while meeting the requirements for a degree in science.

You can combine science disciplines from agriculture, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computing, environmental, geology, mathematics and physics – which may open the door to various STEM careers or to further science education.

Alternatively, you can combine study of a science discipline with study from another faculty for careers in biomedical science, bioinformatics, genetics, food science, digital design, visualisation, management, professional writing or languages.

You can also use Multidisciplinary Science as a pathway into another course (such as those listed below) if you don't have that course's prerequisites.

Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics

If you'd like to study Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics but you don't have the prerequisite subject/s, you can complete them in Multidisciplinary Science, along with other units from your preferred course.

If you need to improve your ATAR, complete a minimum of 100 credit points in one semester (including the prerequisite subject/s you lack), and achieve a semester weighted average of more than 65%.

Medical Radiation Science

If you'd like to study Medical Radiation Science but don't have the mathematics or physics prerequisites, you can complete them in Multidisciplinary Science, along with other units from Medical Radiation Science.

If you need to improve your ATAR, complete a minimum of 75 credit points in one semester (including the prerequisite subjects you lack) and achieve a course weighted average of more than 80% to be considered. (Places are limited and entry is competitive, so you may need a higher average in a given enrolment period.)

See our handbook for more course information. 

What jobs can the Multidisciplinary Science Major (BSc Science) lead to?

Complementary skills allow you to compete in industrial or government occupations, or develop a  broad science background that can enrich a teaching career. Opportunities exist across a wide spectrum, depending on units chosen. For example, you could aim to become a professional science writer by combining science units with journalism.

You could also be ideally placed to pursue a career in secondary science education, through the development of a very broad science or mathematics background and the flexibility to include an education minor for a teaching specialisation. You could also choose to undertake postgraduate study to further expand your career options.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in at least two scientific areas of study; recognise the limitations of scientific theories and the problem-solving capability of science; apply scientific principles and methodology to the solving of scientific problems
  • plan and design with guidance, experiments to test scientific theories; perform measurements with due regards to accuracy and precision; provide solutions to study problems and experimental designs, thinking creatively to develop innovative solutions
  • access a variety of existing information in the chosen scientific areas of study; determine the physical meaning, application, and societal implication of physical data and phenomena
  • competently use information technology and a variety of tools to retrieve, manipulate, transform and present data and information
  • communicate effectively, through the written word and by oral presentation of project work, within an ethical and professional framework of their chosen scientific area of study
  • design, construct and use appropriate experimental apparatus or algorithms to solve problems; apply and develop computational and statistical processes to experimental data with due regard to accuracy and precision; recognise and assess the limitations of experimental apparatus or methods, or algorithms in solving scientific problems
  • develop independent study and time management skills that will enhance learning capabilities in subsequent years of study and in professional life
  • recognise the universal nature of scientific disciplines; recognise that while nature/science and its language are acultural, the application and ways of working may have cultural dimensions
  • demonstrate a professional attitude to the conduct of project work; apply an ethical approach to analysis of scientific data and information

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Portfolio entry

    Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • STAT entry

    Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • Portfolio entry

    Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • STAT entry

    Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma

  • Portfolio entry

    Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • STAT entry

    Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Unsure what option suits you?

We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of university admission. Choose the support you need from the options below.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.